Airplane Airbus A321 (32B) v3 American Airlines has 4 classes on board with total of 102 seats. Use airplane seat map to find which ones are more comfortable and which ones should be avoided.
|flagship first||62 - 82.5||21||1 - 5||10|
|flagship business||58 - 75||19||6 - 10||20|
|main cabin extra||35||17.3 - 17.7||11 - 16||36|
|main cabin||31||17.3 - 17.7||17 - 22||36|
Media box under seat in front, reducing underseat storage/leg space
Row 6 in American business class has shorter leg room than the other rows. There is reduced space in the foot well.
I think this is the best seat in business class because (based on my flight) the meal service (which was rather slow) goes from the front to the back, so this seat gets served relatively soon; however it's also not right up against the sounds & lights from the gallery / lavatory. Flew from JFK->LAX. Even though it's a domestic flight this seat comes with Flagship lounge access and it's a nice lounge. On board I got the European cold breakfast and thought it was fantastic. The seats and blanket were more comfortable than I expected and the window seat allowed me to snooze undisturbed in my little flat cocoon for the majority of the flight.
The lie flat seats are very comfortable in Business, but I had a not so great meal on this flight - beef, which was either over-cooked or a less than prime cut. The starter snack of mixed nuts was a bit stale/ lacking in flavor. Also the video setup/process is awkward. I wanted to watch a film at the start of the flight, but the crew didn't pass out the BOSE headsets immediately. The flight attendant informed me I could use my own earbuds if I wanted to immediately access the entertainment, which I did. Further, the area to plug in is in a dark little cubbyhole at the rear of your seat. I saw a couple using their Iphone's flashlight to figure out where to plug in. My seatmate grumbled that American wants to ensure that you don't steal the Bose headsets, given its awkwardly configured plug.
You should note that all of the row 6 seats, especially C and D do not go as far back in terms of room as other business class seats.
When we booked this flight (paying $1800 for Business/First seats, we were led to believe we would be in layflat seats but when we entered the plane there were only 12 first class seats that were so ordinary and cramped together, they were nowhere near as good as Premium economy on a 777.
Basic economy has so little legroom that your your face is too close to the video screen in the seat back in front. Also, the front of this aircraft A321) was a good 10 degrees warmer than the back. When I asked the flight attendants (sitting in the back galley) if they could adjust it, they just looked at me blankly and said its the aircraft - they hate going up front too.
Good legroom, terrible width, and an extremely uncomfortable seat overall. The width is actually quite shocking and the recline was completely insufficient. I found it more comfortable sitting upfront that using the recline. I'd recommend sitting in a different seat within Main Cabin Extra.
11f (and a) are not bad seats! At minimum they are mixed. The only downside is the missing window but 11f has about 6' of unobstructed legroom and 11a has about 3'. I would consider these good seats and get them every time. The missing window is actually better for sleeping because it is less awkward to lean against.
For a red-eye, the Main Cabin Extra seats are the only viable Economy option. The knee crunchers in row 17 and up are impossible seats for overnight sleeping. In row 13, at least, both the center and window seats have utility boxes that reduce legroom so stick to the aisle if you want a full, under-seat space for your legs.
Terrible flight, actually excruciating. I've had two back surgeries, and can't sit up straight. I always book premium coach seats so I get more recline. But this flight had only about two inches of recline. And it seems to be impossible to find out the amount of recline in advance. After 45 years, it looks like no more American for me.
This seat has fantstic legroom though there is a crew seat across that was occupied during takeoff and landing. However, 11D was several (at least 2 and maybe 3 inches narrower than 11E and 11F. Would not recommend sitting here if you have a choice. Very uncomfortable. Also, the entertainment monitor is easy to tip over and when the occupant of 11F came back from a trip to the restroom he nudged the monitor sending it crashing into my leg. There needs to be a lock in the upright position to prevent this from happening.
I dont believe this is a standard seat. I think width is reduced and right arm rest is lower than left. This is not a desirable seat.
Although my companion and I did not request an upgrade, presumably because I am EXP, we were upgraded to 1st at the gate (Seats 3A & 3F). I usually fly J on AA's transcon routes, and the F seat and the IFE system felt exactly like those in J, with the exception that you have a lot more (not-so-usable) storage space in F. From what I could tell from the menus, the food offering, too, was pretty much identical. I was disappointed that I was unable to readily communicate with my companion because of the physical separation in F, and we would have strongly preferred to remain in J. All in all, unless you are traveling alone and don't want anybody near you, I don't see a reason to choose F over J on this plane.
I fly a lot so Im frequently in First, This a/c in First, it absolutely the WORST. All seats in First are on an odd angle, No chance of relaxing on take off or landing to see out the window, its just not possible. Restricted Movement in General, Main cabin extra is must Nicer. I now avoid the 321 AT ALL COST!
I've flown this plane multiple times in both first and business class. Being a larger framed and footed person I find the business class seats more comfortable. First class comes with many hard cabinet surfaces which restrict movement and comfort. I found it very hard to lay down and be comfortable.
This is a great seat, tech is very nice, comfortable, and very roomy. Plane boards at the very front. I had "Dine & Rest" so only water bottle pre-flight but Grilled Lobster and Cheese sandwich meal was nice. Kitchen can be a little loud, but not too bad. Did LAX-JFK 9:00pm-5:30am. I was actually in the pod next to Heidi Klum, which was sweet. She was traveling to film America's Got Talent in NYC! I love the Flagship International Lounge access this provides, especially if you are using a connection you get to use it again (LAX and JFK for me!). Saw James Corden at JFK's. Too cool.
Foot area has a power box occupying approximately 25% of footspace to the left
As context, I fly only 50,000 - 70,000 miles each year, but it is usually 3-4 lax to lhr trips combined with some x-country flights (lax - jfk, lax to iad). For the international flights I always fly on the 777, which has a somewhat similar configuration to the A321. Although the actual seat in business class is similar in the A321 and the 777, the configuration in the 777 gives each business class seat aisle access without disturbing any other passengers. I have flown in this configuration several times and think it is the best long-haul domestic offering of the major airlines. I was fortunate on my flight that the IFE in the adjacent seat was not working so they did not seat anyone in that seat allowing me to get up and down as I pleased without disturbing anyone.
As context, I fly only 50,000 - 70,000 miles each year, but it is usually 3-4 lax to lhr trips combined with some x-country flights (lax - jfk, lax to iad). For the international flights I always fly on the 777, which has a somewhat similar configuration to the A321. Although the actual seat in business class is similar in the A321 and the 777, the configuration in the 777 gives each business class seat aisle access without disturbing any other passengers. Had to book late on a lax - jfk red-eye so my upgrade request was put in really late; however, it would not have mattered as the flight was packed and none of the 18 people on the upgrade list cleared. I have only platinum status and I am sure many on the list that did not clear were executive platinum. With that as context I am reviewing seat 11b. I do not have to pay for the premium seats and at the time of booking had selected 14D, which is an aisle seat in MCE. I decided to change seats to 11b even though it is a middle seat because it is a bulkhead seat with ample leg room. The leg room is substantial, but the width is more than slightly reduced by the tray in the armrest. The middle and aisle seats in this row have both armrests with trays and it seemed like the width was almost a full inch less. The flight was brutal with very little sleep. One small consolation is that the armrests go all the way to the seat, which was crucial for me on this flight as the passengers on my right and left were enormous. Had the armrest been standard they would have been overflowing into my seat. Did not stop the guy in the window seat from farting all night with some of the worst smells I have ever encountered. Fortunately the flight home the next night was pretty empty and my upgrade cleared early. The IFE for the business class seat next to me was broken so no one was seated there so extra bonus for the pain from this flight.